I have been a long-time cocktail lover, not being a huge fan of wine. The Blackberry Gin Fizz or a Blackberry Bramble is something I’m always pleased to drink. But something else I love to have in a cocktail is herbs. They are especially good with gin though I must say, and apparently this is because it picks up the herbal notes naturally found in gin.
Basil I think goes well with acidic fruits and flavours – lemon, lime, strawberries… and equally blackberries have that tartness that makes the addition of basil to this recipe so lovely.
Berries would have to be one of the best natural ingredients going around. They are packed with nutrients, particularly antioxidants. Equally they are incredibly versatile, I would probably eat berries 5/7 days a week. Don’t forget though, because of their very delicate skin, it is particularly important to buy organic berries as they are one of the fruits that are most contaminated by pesticides. I remember James Duigan, creator of Bodyism, once said ‘your berries should be so organic and fresh that they are going mouldy and soft by the time you get them home’
- 125 g blackberries
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup(ish) gin
- 1 lime (juiced)
- 1-2 cups soda water
- Small handful basil
Purée blackberries, 5 basil leaves and honey in a blender. Strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a jug (there should be about 3/4 cup), discard seeds.
Stir gin and lime juice into jug.
Divide liquid among ice-filled glasses; top with soda. Garnish each with sprigs of basil.